Facing a new surge of coronavirus infections, one Spanish town is deploying special police units to nightclubs to enforce health regulations to stop the virus from spreading.
The small beach town of Fuengirola near Málaga on Spain’s southern coast has sent police to its nightclubs — which are a magnet for young people seeking summer fun — to keep them from becoming virus breeding grounds.
“The police pressure that is carried out is essential so that people who are resistant to the law end up complying with it,” police officer Jorge Moreno told The Associated Press, adding that since June 15, police have issued 2,000 sanctions for not complying with health regulations.
The special unit of 24 officers ensures that both workers and party-goers comply with the mandatory order to wear face masks and that clubs keep tables far enough apart to maintain social distancing between groups.
For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page.
Nightclubs have been repeatedly cited by regional health authorities as sites of contagion. Northeast Catalonia has ordered them shut down.
Spain is struggling to keep an uptick in infections in check after it had managed to control an initial nationwide outbreak that forced the government to impose a strict three-month lockdown.
The health ministry on Friday reported the country’s highest daily increase in new infections since the lockdown ended in June, with 1,895 cases recorded — some 200 more than the previous day.
Spain has confirmed 28,503 virus deaths in the pandemic but experts say all numbers in all countries are undercounts due to limited testing, missed cases and other issues.
Spain could extend coronavirus furlough scheme to year’s end: MinisterSpain’s Labor Minister Yolanda Diaz on Saturday suggested the government would extend its coronavirus furlough scheme for an extra three months until ... Coronavirus
Spain ‘safe’ for tourists despite virus spike in some parts, says Govt.Spain remains a “safe” destination for tourists despite a worrying rise in coronavirus infections in some parts of the country, the government ... Coronavirus
Coronavirus: Germany advises against travel to Spain regions amid COVID-19 outbreakGermany's foreign ministry on Tuesday advised holidaymakers not to travel to several Spanish regions including Catalonia, home to Barcelona, that have ... Coronavirus
UK quarantine move on travelers from Spain deals disproportionate blow: IATAGlobal airline body IATA criticized Britain’s snap decision to re-impose coronavirus quarantine measures on travelers from Spain as a severe blow to ... Coronavirus
Coronavirus: Spain targets nightclubs, beaches in new lockdown restrictionsNightclubs, bars and beaches — some of Spain’s most beloved summer venues — are facing new lockdown restrictions after turning into coronavirus hot ... Coronavirus
With coronavirus cases rising, Spain locks down a county of 200,000 peopleAuthorities in northeastern Spain on Saturday ordered the lockdown of a county around the city of Lleida due to worrying outbreaks of the COVID-19 ... Coronavirus